As a member of the Accountability and Deployment unit, Bambino contributes to strategic initiatives that strengthen MDRC’s evidence-based practices: for example, supporting MDRC’s work with the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Social Innovation Fund. She also serves as resource manager for the Improving Contraceptive Options Now (ICON) pilot and for various projects within the K-12 Education policy area. In addition, she provides resource management for a portfolio of MDRC’s internal research support teams and plays a key role in staff deployment. Previously, Bambino worked for the New York City Department of Small Business Services as director of a federally funded job training program for low-wage earners. She also has experience complying with federal Housing and Urban Development policy in helping residents of public housing find work in government-funded positions. She holds a BA in sociology and anthropology from Hofstra University and a master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College.
ProjectsKate Gualtieri, Alexandra Bernardi, Anne Warren, Mary Bambino, Caroline Mage, Sharon Rowser, Helen Lee
Currently, almost half of the 6.7 million pregnancies in the United States each year are unintended — a rate higher than that of many other industrialized countries. These unintended pregnancies are roughly evenly divided between women who did not use contraception at all and those who did, but ineffectively. Higher proportions of unintended pregnancies are found among...Caitlin Anzelone, Clinton Key, Mary Bambino, Barbara Condliffe, Rebecca Schwartz, Jared Smith, Margaret Hennessy, Xavier Alemañy
Policymakers and administrators are increasingly using evidence about human behavior to improve the design of social services. People — who often rely on intuition instead of reason, make inconsistent choices over time, and can be overloaded by information — are the clients who receive services, the staff who provide them, and the policymakers who create them....Kate Gualtieri, Dan Bloom, Melissa Boynton, William Corrin, Fred Doolittle, John Martinez, Louisa Treskon, Jean Grossman, Leigh Parise, Marie-Andrée Somers, Michelle S. Manno, Rebecca Unterman, Megan Millenky, Rashida Welbeck, Mary Bambino
The Social Innovation Fund ( SIF ) , an initiative enacted under the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act, targets millions of dollars in public-private funds to expand effective solutions across three issue areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development and school support.